Director of Development, College of Engineering (Administrator I) (504448)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Engineering Planning and Development

Job Description


Position Summary

University Relations and Development at San Diego State University is committed to upholding, as a foundational belief, a supportive working environment of inclusion that values, honors, and respects all members of our team and the University community. We strive to engage in and promote the fair and equitable recruitment and training of URAD staff members, develop meaningful relationships with all groups in our diverse campus community, and share philanthropic stories that highlight the impact of and opportunity for diverse giving by our SDSU community. University Relations and Development firmly believes that an inclusive environment facilitates critical and creative thinking, and that differences in identities, values, beliefs, and perspectives are fundamental to our mission of generating philanthropic support for the university and its student body.

University Relations and Development (URAD) shares the university's vision and mission underscored in the 2020 five-year strategic plan. The plan identifies five strategic priorities including: Becoming a Premier Public Research University: A New Kind of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI); Resilience. Designed to Thrive; We Are SDSU; Equity and Inclusion in Everything We Do; and Students at Our Core.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering, the Director of Development, College of Engineering is a fundraising professional primarily responsible for working with the Development team to plan and strategically implement fundraising efforts (seeking both outright and planned gifts) for current campus engineering-oriented priorities and other related academic programs. Priority programs and academic areas may include but are not limited to the thirty student organizations, research efforts, faculty chairs and professorships, scholarships, Mechanical Engineering, Women in Engineering, Troops to Engineers, MESA, Corporate Partners Program, emeriti faculty, in addition to other engineering initiatives and ongoing needs The position identifies, cultivates, solicits and provides stewardship related to prospects at the $50,000 and over level from alumni, friends, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporations.

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This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor's degree in relevant field or combination of education and experience.
  • Five or more years experience in major gifts fundraising.
  • Success in major gifts fundraising ($100,000+) that demonstrates ability to align strategy development/implementation with pre-approved goals/priorities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Fundraising experience in a large, complex university.
  • Demonstrated success with comprehensive and/or capital campaigns.
  • Planned giving experience.
  • Demonstrated transferable skills are considered.

Specialized Skills
  • Proven experience in all facets of development including: gift administration, gift acceptance, prospect management, research, annual giving, volunteer management, and communications.
  • Demonstrated success as a development professional in a donor-centered fundraising environment.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment of change.
  • Demonstrated ability to make complex decisions, problem-solve and serve as an effective team member.
  • Demonstrated success in providing volunteer leadership.
  • A high degree of commitment to higher education and philanthropy
  • Ability to handle competing priorities in a complex development environment.
  • Ability to represent SDSU and University Development in a positive manner on campus and with external constituencies.
  • Must have the ability to travel and attend off-campus appointments and events.
  • May on occasion be required to attend events or perform duties outside of normal work hours.

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:
  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on September 14, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by September 13, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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